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Battle of Galveston
Galveston civic leaders planned on building the Galvez Hotel in 1898 after a fire destroyed another large hotel (the Beach Hotel) on Galveston Island. After the Hurricane of 1900, the plans accelerated in order to draw tourists back to the island. The hotel was designed by Mauran, Russell & Crowell of St. Louis, Missouri, using a combination of Mission Revival and Spanish Revival styles. The hotel opened in June 1911 at a cost of $1 million.
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An Enchanting History
Constructed in 1911, Hotel Galvez was named after the Spanish Colonial governor, Bernardo de Galvez, who first chartered the Texas Gulf Coast and for whom the city of Galveston was named. Hotel Monthly billed the hotel as one of the "best arranged and most richly furnished seaside hotels in America" a year after the hotel opened. Decades later in 1980, the hotel was named in the National Registrar of Historic Places.
From dignitaries and celebrities, to newlyweds and families, the "Queen of the Gulf" has an enchanting history. Over the years, the hotel has endured the transference of ownership, multiple renovations, and devastating weather conditions. Now offering beautifully renovated guest rooms, public areas and facilities, Hotel Galvez is Galveston's only historic beachfront hotel.